Some Assembly Required (SOAR) Transitions Program

Transition Skills Program – “Some Assembly Required” (SOAR)

The program focuses on the basics of learning and learning disabilities, an exploration of study skills and tips for success. 

Designed specifically for students in grades 6 to 12 as they begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school – building self-awareness, how to express ideas and follow directions, and become a self-advocate in the learning process.

This program is offered on Saturdays for 5 weeks. Participant are grouped by age:

  • Grades 6, 7, 8 –  Saturday mornings, 1 hour per week for 5 weeks (final session is 1.5 hours long)
  • High school students grades 9 to 12 – Saturday mornings, 1 hour per week for 5 weeks (final session is 1.5 hours long)

Students will develop skills in: 

  • Identifying their own Strengths & Needs
  • Learning styles and understanding of own Learning Disability and / or ADHD
  • Strategies for organizational and time management skills
  • Building study skills and exam preparation
  • Self-advocacy skills and social skills
  • Transitioning into the workplace, college or university
  • Pre-employment and job skills

This Program is built off a framework designed by LDAO (Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario), called “SOAR” or “Some Assembly Required”. 

Course Outline and Key Outcomes – The course work is divided into three main sections: 

Section 1 – My Learning Style: Looks at how people learn, and how students choose their academic focuses through their learning styles, interests, and abilities. It explains how a learning disability interferes with learning, and what can be done to help. It also presents a model for considering approaches to problems.

Section 2 – Skills for Success: Breaks down school tasks into three areas (daily work, studying and tests, and projects and assignments) and explains how students can approach each area. Students are asked to complete a short presentation project as practice.

Section 3 – Making Choices for the Future: Prepares students for the changes and choices that will come in high school, including strategies for staying organized and on top of schoolwork, discusses Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and accommodations. Different career paths are also discussed, and a list of resources gives students, caregivers, and teachers a guide for further exploration of these issues.

Diagnosis of a Learning Disability is not required for participation in this program, however, in the event enrollment exceeds our class maximum, priority will be given to students with a diagnosed LD.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Grades 6, 7, 8 –  Saturdays from April 6th to May 4th (10:00 am to 11:00 am)
  • High school students Grades 9 to 12 – Saturdays from April 6th to May 4th (11:30 am to 12:30 pm)

[The final session on Saturday May 4th will be 1.5 hours in length for all participants]

Location: Rotary Youth Centre, 560 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7R 3M4

Fee:  There is no cost to participate in this program

Required documents: Please note that a copy of the student’s psych-ed assessment and current IEP must be provided at the point of registration in order to enroll your student into this free program. Required documents are shared only with the Program Coordinator and Class Facilitator and will be returned at the conclusion of the final session. Please email all documents to [email protected] 

UPDATE!!   Due to the high demand for this program, we are currently offering space to those on our Waiting List on a first come first serve basis.  Please add your student to the waiting list in order to receive direct information on the upcoming dates.

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